Buccaneers fullback-tight end Alan Cross is retiring from the NFL to take a job as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Memphis, joining Mike Norvell’s staff. Cross, who was nicknamed “Honcho” and was one of the most likable Bucs in the locker room, was a special teams star for Tampa Bay and a role player in Dirk Koetter’s offense over the past three years.

Cross, who was signed an undrafted free agent in 2016, recorded one touchdown in his three-year career, which was the game-winner in Tampa Bay’s 19-17 upset at Kansas City in 2016. Cross finishes his NFL career with 13 receptions for 105 yards and one touchdown.

“I’m very thankful and blessed for the opportunity,” Cross told PewterReport.com. “Tampa will be considered my second home and will always have a place in my heart.”

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. Alan Cross is the kind of guy you want on the roster.
    I hate to see the Bucs loose him, but I wish him well at Memphis.

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  2. Sorry for your loss, Mark.

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  3. I am surprised. He has been a special teams standout. He filled in when Howard went down. With a new Coaching Staff, I would think he has new possibilities. No?

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  4. With this coaching change we can definitely find better options…best of luck to him but he wasn’t going to play with these coaches and he knew it..3 years 13 catches lol stop settling for mediocre please us bucs fans

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  5. Losing Cross is tough. He would have made the perfect third down back who could have really protected Jameis from blitzes and had great hands to catch passes and could be used to block on short yardage. He had good speed to run the ball if needed. I hope Licht can find another Jewel like him. BA would have loved him.

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  6. I am hopeful that BA will see value in using both Auclair and OJ Howard in a twin TE set. Both are tall, with good hands, and can block too. They could terrorize LBs running slants and could chip block to help our tackles against troublesome DEs and can block downfield on runs and Howard can go long too with his excellent speed. Koetter was too stubborn to get the most out of the talent we have but BA will!

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    • What happened to Jameis’ security blanket???

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  7. I too am sorry to see Cross go.
    As I recall the guy never made a mistake or a mental error on the football field unlike some of the other boneheads we have on this team and that was his reputation around the league.
    The guy was as steady as a rock.

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  8. He was a nice H back and was our best lead blocker. It sucks to lose him.

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  9. Cross will surely be missed. Great teammate on the field and off. One thing that stood out for me off the field during an autograph session was when Cross went out of his way to stay past the allotted time frame for players to give autographs, making sure eager and excited fans seeking an autograph were happy. That said, BA has never been a fullback guy and this makes sense for both sides.

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